Oklahoma City police officers dive into lake in daring rescue

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City woman is lucky to be alive after a daring water rescue on Lake Hefner.

The victim had to be dragged to shore by the hands of two police officers after low lake levels made it impossible to get a rescue boat on the water.

That left officers with only one way to rescue the victim.

"She was making a lot of noise and screaming," Oklahoma City police MSgt. JR Northrup recalls.

Northrup and MSgt. Jimmy Parsons both knew with Lake Hefner 12 and half feet below capacity, police and fire wouldn't be able to get a boat into the water to help, so the pair dove in headfirst.

“The way she was screaming, there was only one thing to do and you just had to do it,” said Northrup. “There was no way I could stand on the shore. That wasn't going to happen.”

“You have to do what you have to do,” said Parson. “You can't get a boat out there, so we didn't have any other choice.”

Police say the victim had been in the water for a couple of hours after a kayaking incident, so even air one's heat vision camera couldn't help.

“You know it picks up heat and couldn't see her because the body temp was so low,” said Parsons.

When the victim told the two officers she couldn't swim, the pair took turns pulling her back to shore.

“When we hit the water, it was cold. It takes your breath away. We drank a lot of water didn't we Jimmy?” said Northrup.

Police remind everyone getting out on the lake can still be dangerous.

“It takes on a lot of wind and it can be very treacherous,” said Northrup. “Sometimes people misjudge the dangers that are out there.”

Despite being shaken up and very cold, the victim is going to be just fine.


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